Tuesday, March 22, 2016

New videos, shows, updates, etc.

My band Devil Grass has just released a new (our first!) official music-video!

Check it out!



Check us out live, our next show is scheduled for Saturday, April 9th, at Cactus Jack's in Ahwatukee (South-East Phoenix), with Zeppapotapuss.


I've also recently released a video from my much-delayed forthcoming solo-record... which could potentially come out at some point...? I recorded this thing last spring, filmed the video last summer, and finished editing it some time in the fall... and then pretty much forgot about it. This one's dedicated to my comrades in the bar-business.




Thursday, February 4, 2016

Devil Grass- Debut Single, Upcoming Shows.

My band Devil Grass has recently released our debut single, "In The Cut."!

We recorded the track with acclaimed Phoenix-based producer Cory Spotts (Lydia, Stiletto Formal, Job For A Cowboy, The Maine... etc), who was absolutely phenomenal, and we can't wait to get back in and work with him again soon.

Take a listen here-

www.devilgrass.bandcamp.com

... or here-




To celebrate that release, and our "official" live-debut (that first run of shows was sort of a "test-run" ;) ), we're throwing a party! 

Saturday, February 20th, Rogue Bar, Scottsdale, Arizona. Be there.





We've hand-selected and curated the lineup for the night to make for a fun event... and Cultures has decided to release their awaited full-length album "Life Is Dream" that night as well! It should definitely be an exciting night, so mark your calendars. 

Shortly after that, we are opening for Shawn James and the Shapeshifters (check them out here, they kinda sound to me like if Man Man were from Arkansas...?) at Last Exit Live in Phoenix on Tuesday, March 9th.




Expect more fun news to come in the near future!


In the meantime... promoters, press, bookers, venues, etc... Consult our Electronic Press Kit for all the necessary details. ;)


Monday, December 14, 2015

New Music- Devil Grass



 


For those of you who follow me on various forms of social-media, this might seem like old news... but it's time to finally officially announce my new band- Devil Grass.






Devil Grass came together in early September of this year, thanks to the hard work, vision, and determination of our bandleader/ frontman, Michael Roberts. Somehow, within mere months of relocating to Phoenix from the New Jersey/ Philly-area, Michael had assembled a four-piece lineup of players who had all recently relocated from the East Coast. (If you understand the nod to that irony in our name, you win a prize. Message me.)




Devil Grass is a Phoenix-based desert-rock/ dark alt-country act. 

We are-

Michael Roberts- Vocals and guitar (New Jersey)
Joshua Motley- Keys and vocals (Kentucky)
Bernard LeVautour- Bass and backing-vocals (New Hampshire)
Craig Codrington- Drums and percussion (Vermont)







We played a series of three low-key, but super-fun, testing-the-water sort of live-shows over the last couple weeks... Look for information about a more elaborate and larger-scale "official" live-debut soon. It'll be fun, I promise.


As for "sound" and "content," we're going into the studio in mid-January to record our first single (peel your eyes), but in the meantime, check out this teaser-video we put together from some press-kit demos we tracked recently... This one's a cover of a Misfits song.




Follow us on social-media for full and regular updates, and fun behind-the-scenes content...






Enjoy, and let us know what you think! 


Hope we see you at a show soon!





Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ISO- Musicians- New Phoenix-based Doom-Country act "Here Lies."

Ok, Phoenix... I have a new act in the works, and I'm looking for players.

The band is called "Here Lies."



This is a live-show focussed, conceptually-driven project. The goal is mostly original-music (as opposed to covers), aimed at performing in music-venues (rather than primarily as bar-entertainment.) 



The concept? In simplest terms, maybe call this "Doom-Country." In a more specific sense, think old-school Country & Western (most specifically from the Murder-Ballad and Outlaw-Folk traditions) played in a slower, doomier, louder, darker, stompier, dustier, scarier, heavier, high-lonesomer high-lonesome, sense... The darker end of old-school country mixed with big-beat and doom-punk, if you will? 



I have recorded a demo-track to capture the sound in my head for this one... As an original-music, venue-focused concept-act, I'm aiming to keep cover songs limited to a maximum of two per set, but, in the name of demonstrating an example of what my sonic intentions are here, I decided to start by recording a cover-song. This is a 1965 C&W classic by Dick Curless, called "Tombstone Every Mile." (For other covers that might fit into future sets- think Cash- "Long Black Veil," Robbins- "Big Iron," Cave- "Where the Wild Roses Grow"... etc. Important additional influences, in terms of sound, include The Cramps, Bauhaus, Decemberists, Misfits, Joy Division, Soilent Green, Clutch, My Dying Bride... etc.) Check out the demo... and keep in mind that I recorded absolutely every instrument on this recording by myself (with the exception of some backing-vocals by my lovely-and-talented girlfriend Catherine Klabouch), so the sound will undoubtably become further fleshed-out by the influence of additional hands and ear-bulbs.


I intend to play bass (starting on electric, hopefully switching to stand-up once we get going) and vocals. I'm searching for a guitarist, a drummer, and "something else" (a dedicated lap-steel, fiddle, banjo, accordion, honky-tonk-piano, organist, etc. would be ideal... but a versatile multi-instrumentalist who understands the concept and desired sound would also be a good fit.) 

Please email me if interested... or feel free to share with friends if you think you might know people, or know people who know people. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

New content!

I have a new video out this week. This one's for the track "Houseful of Cats (...and it's complicated)" from my forthcoming solo-record "Future-Tense.". Check it out!




I've been continuing to add new tracks for streaming and download from that record to my Bandcamp site as well. 



I've also been posting a whole lot of new visual-art content on my Etsy site, including some props and set-pieces built for the new video above... and there's still a little bit of time left to get orders (in most circumstances) delivered by Christmas, but that time is running out... and original art and quirky decor makes phenomenal gifts! 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Project updates...

Having just returned from a somewhat tumultuous trip back east, I'm sitting at a Phoenix coffeehouse, loving being back in such a vibrant city, and excited for making fun and positive things happen for our future here... so I figured it was a good time for an update.




The Green Sea has changed formats yet again... because... why not? What we've been doing lately is some sort of live-improv noise that usually falls in a somewhat electro-punk-meets-comedy-rock vein. Basically, we've found that we thoroughly enjoy playing extended-sets without content, making absolutely everything up on the spot... which naturally incurs some hilariously unpredictable lyrics and sudden genre-shifts. We now have a site on Bandcamp, where you can stream or download loads of various fun content... We currently have four records up there- our debut EP from 2006, two live-improv mixtape records, and an ongoing collection called "...bits and pieces..." that houses lots of stuff that hasn't shown up or been appropriate for any of the other albums.

You can find all of that here-

https://thegreensea-az.bandcamp.com

We've posted some goofy videos from this phase, too, on my Youtube channel...

Such as these-








I've also begun working on a solo-record... (at the moment it's separate from the electro-jazz album I mentioned in the last post, but time will tell... I've got a few tracks from it up on my personal Bandcamp account since relocating to the desert... This is an indie-rock record at its core. I'm making the dusty, wild-west rock songs that occur to me, without trying to sculpt them into any particular context. This record is a snap-shot into my mind at the moment, as it evolves... It's called "Future Tense." 


Take a listen here- 


More tracks, and some videos, from that will be shortly forthcoming. 



And as always, new original art, prints, customized instruments, stickers, t-shirts, etc. are being added almost daily to the Etsy site where I sell my visual-art work... I've been pretty productive in that regard lately...




...and more is to come soon. 





Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hello, Phoenix.

It's been a hectic few months so I haven't posted an update here in a while, so I have a lot of catching up to do. (I plan to start frequent updates again, I've just had a whole lot on my plate lately.)

At the beginning of April, my girlfriend Cat and I relocated to Phoenix, Arizona. I had lived in the valley for about 5 years in the past, and absolutely loved it. After about 6 years back in New Hampshire, there were many elements of desert-living that I missed more and more, and was growing increasingly stir-crazy and ready for a change. Sometime around the second blizzard into the winter, we decided it was time to make that change, and started making arrangements. Early in the morning on April Fools Day, we loaded all our combined possessions into a 16-foot box-truck, loaded my little Kia onto a trailer on the back, and began our cross-country drive.

Upon arrival, we moved into half of a split-floorplan house in a nice suburban-ish section of North Central Phoenix called Moon Valley... We both lucked-out on the job-front, and were able to sorta-kinda "transfer" our existing jobs- I'm working behind the bar at a sushi/ Japanese/ nightlife spot in North Scottsdale called Sapporo that happens to be owned by the same company as the bar I worked at in Nashua, and Cat is working for an eye doctor in the Camelback Corridor.

Besides the "how we pay the bills" nuts-and-bolts, we are here primarily in order to advance our "actual" careers as working artists, in a scene and cultural-climate that I have always felt to be more exciting, vibrant, inclusive, and inspiring than that of the Boston area. (no offense to my New England people who are working hard and getting shit done, it's just an entirely different vibe here. I feel like desert cities have a sort of "wild wild west" take on creative endeavors- almost everyone's from somewhere else, so there's always a refreshing sort of "you're doing something interesting? Sweet! How can I help?" vibe that tends to be lacking in older-school, more established communities where everything's about how well you follow certain rules and who you happen to know.)

Despite a VERY busy couple months getting settled in and situated, we're well underway diving headlong into those sorts of goals. Here's a quick run-down of current and future projects in the works-

We've revived The Green Sea, a side-project act that I had maintained for a couple of years before leaving the valley the first time around and continued to collaborate with across the country during the intervening time. This former experimental side-project has now become our primary band- a high-energy, live-show-focused electro-punk trio. I'm on lead vocals and guitar, Wes Hopeless is playing synths, sequencers, and general electronic-wizardry, and Cat is on live electronic-percussion and keytar. We aim to be ready to start playing out with a spastic set of fun new songs by the end of the summer. In the meantime, like us on Facebook and check out some teaser-content that we're dropping a little bit at a time.




Cat and I have also begun work on an additional musical-project, a bar-entertainment cover-duo called Urban Forestry. Check out some basic info on what that's going to entail here.



In the meantime, we've both also been hard at work our various sorts of visual-art contents... check out my Etsy site at LeVautour to peruse some recent works of that sort. 




In writing-news, I have finally almost finished editing the book-project I've been working on writing since I finished grad-school... Look for updates on that soon.